There used to be a TV show called Candid Camera.
The premise of the show was to put people in comically odd situations and see how they reacted. One scenario was to switch the pins in a bowling alley and replace them with hollow pins made of plaster.
So when the ball rolled down the alley and hit the plaster pins, they all shattered, and it was funny to see the expressions of surprise and dismay on the surprised bowlers’ faces.
One of the most popular episodes involved a car without a motor being “driven” on a road.
The car’s interior was perfectly normal-looking and the exterior of the car looked fine, too. The show’s producer chose a road in town that went slightly downhill and had a service station on it. This was the setting for the crazy stunt they planned with the car.
Dorothy, an actress from the show, was in the driver’s seat of the engine-less car. Behind the car, a tow truck that was in on the gag pushed the Dorothy’s car onto this road I mentioned that headed slightly downhill.
The push from the truck, combined with the slight downhill-grade of the road, gave Dorothy’s car enough momentum to keep going with the speed of traffic.
Dorothy then steered the car into a nearby service station or garage.
She braked to a stop, told the attendant she was having some kind of car trouble, and asked the attendant to look under the hood. (Remember, there was no motor under the hood.)
The attendant, having seen the car “drive” in, couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked under the hood. Dumbfounded, he’d point out to Dorothy that the car had no motor. Dorothy, continuing the gag, would look around on the ground and say, “Oh, well, now, where is it?” And on it would go, with the attendant becoming ever more astonished.
This is the point where the show’s catch phrase would come in.
Right when the service station attendant was most perplexed, the host of the show would enter the scene to tell the person it was all a joke that was being captured on film by a hidden camera.
The catch phrase the show’s host would use was, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!” The host would show up just when the situation seemed craziest. The service station attendant laughed along with the host, realizing that it was all a joke.
The Universe orchestrates circumstances even better than Candid Camera does.
And just like the unsuspecting bowlers and service station attendants, we often think things are going wrong when they’re really happening on purpose.
Except the Universe isn’t doing it for laughs the way Candid Camera is. Rather, the Universe is orchestrating circumstances to fulfill our desires.
But even when we’re in alignment, sometimes things can seem to be going wrong.
That’s why it’s important to remember that there’s always a happy ending when we’re in alignment. Let me use my sister Susan’s experience as an example.
Susan was working in a very busy part of Washington. Knowing she’d be driving to a congested location to get lunch, she lined up first before getting in the car.
As she approached the restaurant, she didn’t see any parking spaces available. Her thoughts were, “How could this be? I lined up!” At that moment, a taxi right in front of her stopped to let a passenger out.
So now, with the street in heavy traffic, she couldn’t get around the taxi.
Just as she was starting to get irritated, she saw that ahead of the taxi (and right in front of restaurant), a vehicle began to pull out of a parking spot.
As that vehicle was leaving, the taxi pulled back into traffic. Now Susan was perfectly positioned to park in the just-opened spot in front of the restaurant in one of the busiest sections of the city.
At first glance, this seemed like complete misalignment.
In fact, it was actually the orchestration and manifestation of her desire. But she wasn’t expecting it to unfold like that (a traffic delay positioning her to get a prime parking spot).
However, now that she’s had this experience, she has a greater awareness that something that might seem like a negative (traffic delay, taxi stopping ahead of her, etc.) could be a cooperative component to what she’s asked for.
Here’s another scenario, and it has probably happened to you in some form.
Let’s say you’re out driving and running errands.
You’ll get delayed by something that seems annoying. Maybe you’re at the grocery store’s self-checkout and the machine won’t scan your pile of kale for some reason. So then you have to stop and call someone over.
But that employee is busy with another customer. So it takes an extra few minutes to get your kale straightened out and be on your way. Finally you’re done and on your way. And as you drive to your next errand you see the aftermath of a recent traffic accident — and you realize that the kale thing happened to keep you from being involved in that accident.
In both examples, a delay in timing is beneficial.
And once we see what unfolded, thanks to the orchestrated delay, we become easier about those delays. The easier we feel about delays, the more receptive we are to the impulses that are guiding us through our day.
So next time the checkout machine isn’t working, or a taxi is blocking you in traffic, it’s not Candid Camera. Instead, “Smile, you’re being orchestrated!”
With appreciation to Guest Blogger Teresa Rogovsky
Teresa Rogovsky coaches and mentors Abraham-based Law of Attraction teachings to everyday life at Passion for Law of Attraction